I am a greencard holder who maintains 6-monht continous residency and 30 months physical presence requirement since 2008. I am seriously thinking to apply for US citizenship right now. I have a wife who I met when she made a trip to US and officially got married last year in Japan where my country of origin is. I have frequent trips to Japan to stay with my wife; however, I come back to the states every 3 or 4 months, never breaks the continous residency requirement. I keep my bank account open and have a credit card issued in the US. Also, I still get a monthly income distribution from a real estate property for living. In my case, am I eligible to apply for the citizenship? Do you recommend I should get an advice from an immigration attorney in my case??
Definitely. You state that you always return to the U.S. every 3-4 months, but for how long? Even if you aren't out of the U.S. over 6 months at one time, if you are gone for 4 months and here for 2 weeks, gone for 3 months and here one week, the officer may allege that you are not residing in the U.S. Having a credit card and bank account isn't going to be sufficient. I've had numerous cases in which the applicant was out of the U.S., even more than one year, and so far we've won all those that I accepted to take. It is necessary to obtain evidence, and explain the circumstances, etc. It sounds like you do meet the basic requirements, but I'd definitely have someone familiar with the issue discuss evidence in your case.
You may apply for a green card for your spouse now. Then, when you are naturalized, you may have her application upgraded because she will then be a spouse of a US citizen. To accomplish these objectives, I recommend you speak with an immigration attorney to go over the eligibility, timing, and filing requirements. Best wishes!
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